top Coal Plants Get New Lease On Life With Natural Gas
Yucca Mountain is the best we've come up with, and it's a disaster
any way you look at it. And plan B is...what exactly?
top Martin Jetpack Closer To Takeoff In First Responder Applications
Fire departments do a lot of EMT work. This would be a great tool for getting a medic to an injured person in rugged terrain. But aside from that, I'm not seeing it either. And your medic will need to be well-trained in flying this thing, or he'll need a medic. Training is expensive, combined with the cost of buying this thing the market for these seems pretty limited.
In short, I don't see sales of this jet pack taking off.*ducks*
top Education Chief Should Know About PLATO and the History of Online CS Education
My high school did not have computers. The junior college I attended did, for those that took programming classes. Radio Shak was selling the TRS-80, we'd hang out at the mall and play Star Trek on it. So no, computers weren't everywhere, but they weren't hard to find. I have to confess I'm not familiar with PLATO.
top Philae Lands Successfully On Comet
Earth's gravity is roughly 10m/s^2, so the the comet's gravitational attraction is about ten thousand times weaker than ours. Disclaimer: I am not a physicist, and yes, I know "ten thousand times weaker" is crappy phrasing.
top 333 Km/h Rocket-Powered Bicycle Sets New Speed Record
I do love the fact that the thing has what appears to be a functional rear derailler.
top US Postal Service Hacked, 500k+ Employees and Public Data Breached
" 66,734 attempts to distribute credit-card information..and 345,342 attempts to distribute social security numbers."
Is there a definition of distribute that I'm not aware of? If I break into a bank, I'm not trying to distribute a million dollars. Who are these hackers, Robin Hood?
top President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility
They give plenty to
both parties . No reason to think Democrats are in their pockets any more than Republicans.
top Report: Federal Workers, Contractors Behind Half of Government Cyber Breaches
"Since 2006, there have been more than 87 million sensitive or private records exposed by breaches of federal networks, .....
By comparison, retail businesses lost 255 million records during that time, financial and insurance services lost 212 million and educational institutions lost 13 million."
My bank is constantly sending out new credit cards because businesses (hey there Home Depot!) won't implement basic security measures to prevent data theft. Data security is a serious issue that needs to be addressed, but "Blame the incompetent gubmint!!!" isn't where we should start.
top We Are Running Out of Sand
I used to work at a beach-front hotel on Maui, a storm wiped out our entire beach in a couple days and started eating away at the grounds of the hotel, until they brought in truckloads of boulders to protect it. It was pretty amazing. I'm told most of the sand at Waikiki was shipped from another island, don't know if that's true.
top The Plane Crash That Gave Us GPS
Be aware of them, and work within them or around them. You might need to upgrade your GPS receiver. My first android phone had GPS, but it was crappy to the point of being worthless.
top Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter
top New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas
...then where does it go?
top Windows 0-Day Exploited In Ongoing Attacks
... almost every doc I open is opened in a locked state, Windows tosses up a message asking if I want to unlock it to make changes, or even to print it, I believe. That's a great way to train your users to click "OK" to every message they see.
top The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea
I'm sorry, but something about that just sets my teeth on edge. Reminds me of old Soviet propaganda newsreels. I refuse to believe all 46,000 employees at the shipyard are smiling all the time...and if they are, something's seriously wrong. Unless he was there at 4:20
I also have a hard time believing someone named their son Alastair Philip Wiper, but the world is a strange place.
top For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love
Back in the days of print, sure, get a dozen mags in your pocket and you can pass your crap off as gold, for a while anyway. But now? There's a billion gamer websites and blogs, and anybody posting a fluffy review will get eaten alive by their readers, pull that a couple times and you're credibility is toast.
I'm not asking rhetorically, I honestly don't know, I don't follow the gaming press much. I don't see how they can have enough influence to be worth paying off.
top Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More
They've been selling Retina displays for a couple years, slapping it on the iMac isn't rocket science. I do think it's an unnecessary feature that will jack the price, but the iMac went from being the cheap mac to the not insanely expensive Mac some time ago, so meh.
top Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services
So by your logic, we should be paying 50 times as much per person for internet service. Yes, the US is bigger than Sweden, but there's no reason infrastructure, including internet, can't scale, or that in doing so the cost per user should increase. Sure you need more resources to do it, but being bigger, we have more resources.
about a month and a half ago
top Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?
I rebuilt my XP boxes every year or so. I've had Win7 on the same box for 3.5 years, no problems. It could be that today's hardware is so over-powered, not even MS can generate enough bloat to slow it down.
That said, it would be nice if Win10 forced apps to behave better and kept the registry clean. Not holding my breath.
top HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet
That would be a dream!
Or maybe not.
top Microsoft Announces Windows 10
We can only hope.
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